Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I have to admit - last summer I was able to reach my initial weight goal AND change my body shape with a combination of weight training 6 days/wk, with low weights (like up to 5 LBS), cardio(combination of Hip Hop Abs, running, plyometrics and interval training) 6 days/wk, and 1200-1400 cal diet. I was so good with visioning myself at this weight. Then on Labor Day, I noticed a pain in my right hip while running. But kept running thinking it'd work itself out. As the day went on, the pain became worse whenever I bared weight on my right leg to the point I was limping. It was obvious I wasn't running until it was better. 8 weeks later, I'm finally walking without pain. However, it's now October...too cold for this girl to run outside.
So last winter, physical activity took a back seat to everything else. I just let go of it. Last summer, I lost 10 lbs. Last winter, gained back 15! I'm at my highest weight yet.
I joined the local fitness center in March thinking it would ease me back into physical activity for the summer. That was disappointing due to various reasons beyond my control. When the weather began getting lukewarm (I live in Iowa and we had an extremely SNOWY winter...), I began to run again. Right away, shin splints. Obviously my running shoes were no longer going to support me.
Here it is, the end of July, my weight hasn't budged; still fighting shin splints in my right leg, new supportive running shoes, daily stretching and icing. For healing, I can be more consistent with the ibuprofen I suppose. Running or cycling hasn't been consistent because I don't want to make the pain worse and flooding has made our AWESOME bike trails challenging as well.
Now my action plan is as follows: I will do easy runs/cycling 4-6x/wk; weight training 6/wk; scratch the interval training and plyometrics as they are too high impact for now. Keep calories to 1200-1400/dy; track exercise and diet, post pics of me weighing less on my bathroom mirror; and when my camera is working (or I purchase a new one) I will start taking pics of me in a bikini (scary thought but oh well...). And I will think about posting them:(
My affirmation..."I'm feeling GREAT now that I weigh 120#"